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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XVIII

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My heart was raised up by the love of the Most High and was enlarged, That I might praise him through my name. 2 My members were strengthened, That they might not fall from his power: 3 Diseases departed far from my body, And it 1 So H: B ‘they’. stood up for the Lord by his will, Because his kingdom is firm. 4 O Lord, because of those who lack the knowledge of thee, Wilt thou take away 2 So H: B ‘cast’. thy word from me? 5 Neither, because of their works, Wilt 3 The verbs in verses 5–7 may be optative. thou withhold from me thy perfection. 6 The light will not be conquered by darkness, Nor will truth flee from falsehood. 7 Thy right hand will make our deliverance victorious, And thou wilt receive from every place, And wilt preserve, everyone who is held by evil. 4 Or ‘by misfortunes’. 8 Thou art my God: falsehood and death are not in thy mouth, But thy will is perfection; 9 And thou knowest not vanity, Because it, too, knows not thee; 10 And thou knowest not error, Because it, too, knows not thee. 11 And ignorance appeared as fine dust, And as the scum of the sea. 12 And vain people thought concerning it that it was great: They, 5 So H: B ‘And they’. too, came to resemble it and became vain. 13 And those who have knowledge understood 6 Lit. ‘knew’. and thought, And were not defiled in their thoughts; 14 Because they were in the mind of the Most High, And they laughed at those who were walking in error: 15 But they spoke the truth From the inspiration which the Most High breathed into them. 16 Glory and great honour 7 Lit. ‘beauty’. be to his name. Hallelujah.

Notes:

1 So H: B ‘they’.

2 So H: B ‘cast’.

3 The verbs in verses 5–7 may be optative.

4 Or ‘by misfortunes’.

5 So H: B ‘And they’.

6 Lit. ‘knew’.

7 Lit. ‘beauty’.

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